Private Schools Fill Gap For Hawaii's Dyslexic Kids — But At High Cost

Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part series looking at dyslexia services in Hawaii's public schools. Read part 1 looking into whether schools are doing enough to help struggling readers.

Just as her grandson B.J. was gearing up for high school, Carol Mikasobe decided she was fed up.

No more exasperating meetings with B.J.'s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. No more stonewalling from the schools. No more expensive outside tutoring. No more seeing B.J. suffer.

B.J., 14, has dyslexia, a learning disability that along with similar language-based learning disabilities affects as much as 20 percent of the population.

And until she decided to scrape together the money last year and enroll B.J. in Assets School, all Mikasobe could do was watch her grandson struggle.

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